Library Grants Awarded to New Brighton, Monaca, Zelienople

Three communities in the 47th Senate District will receive state grants totaling nearly $330,000 to support capital improvement projects at their public libraries, according to Senator Elder Vogel.

The Borough of New Brighton will receive $160,000 for a 2,000 square-foot building extension and to add ADA-accessible restrooms to its public library.

The Borough of Monaca will receive $150,000 for renovations including bathrooms, electrical service, ADA-accessibility and an elevator.

The Borough of Zelienople will receive $18,430 to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting at its library.

“Many families use our local libraries as a resource for leisure and learning. These investments by the state in New Brighton and Monaca will improve handicapped accessibility and provide a better experience for library patrons. Zelienople will use the money to provide better lighting, while reducing costs,” Senator Vogel said. “Those are worthwhile initiatives that certainly deserve state support.”

Keystone Fund Grants, awarded by the state Department of Education, provide funding to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. These competitive grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs of planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries. A dollar-for-dollar local match is required for state grant funds received.

CONTACT:           Joe Weidner        (724) 774-0444


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